Monday, October 26, 2009

Evie Discovers Halloween Crafts

Evie is so excited about the upcoming holidays! She wanted to get into the Halloween spirit by having some friends over to work on different crafts.

Craft #1 - Decorated Pumpkins

Evie and her friends had a great time using stickers to put faces on the pumpkins. They then wrote their names on the back with a Sharpie marker. The stickers were purchased at a pumpkin patch but you could use any type of stickers you find at the store. Do you want to save a few bucks? You can also decorate squash. They are on sale right now at most grocery stores! Evie found some at Kroger for $0.77 per pound. Some were even orange with stems on top - they looked just like lighter colored pumpkins! (enlarge the top picture with the pumpkins/squash at the center of the table - you can see the slight difference between the two)

Craft #2 - Crayons, Construction Paper and Halloween Stickers

Evie found foam Halloween stickers, construction paper, and crayons at the Dollar Tree. She also picked up a clear table cloth to make sure no one got crayon marks on the table! What an inexpensive way to have some Halloween fun!!
And a Halloween Craft Day wouldn't be complete without some Halloween food!! Everyone enjoyed Ghost Pepperoni Pizza for lunch. You just pinch out 2 eyes and a mouth on each pepperoni to make a ghost!

And Dirt Cups with Worms for dessert. Evie thought it was extra cool that the kids got to mash up the Oreo cookies themselves! They each had a Ziplock bag with their initial on it, and got to go to town on several cookies!

Evie wishes everyone a Happy Halloween!!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Evie Discovers Fall Festivals

Evie has finished her research on Fall Festivals and is ready to share what she found!!

Evie will be attending a Fall Festival on Halloween afternoon. Although she doesn't have any pictures to share of her adventure yet, she wanted to pass on what she found to be sure her friends would have the opportunity to attend.

Lots of churches in your city hold Fall Festivals - an event that is free to the community!! Each festival offers different food, games, and activities!

Here are some of the items that festivals in Evie's area are offering:
  • Hot Dogs
  • Hayrides
  • Moonwalks
  • Giant Slides
  • Petting Zoos
  • Rock Wall
  • Horse Rides
  • Live Music
  • Craft Vendors
  • Pumpkin Patch
  • Carnival Games
  • Costume Parade
  • Face Painting
  • Booths for kids to trick or treat
The festivals are usually held on October 31st. Some are only in the morning and afternoon, and others are held Halloween night. You may even be able to find some in your area that are held the weekend before the holiday!

So, now that you know about this fun, safe, and free Halloween event - how do you find one near you?? Evie found a few ways to find out what's offered near your house. First, you can keep a look out while you are driving around town. Most big churches offer Fall Festivals, and they will have a large sign hung out front. Another way to figure out who offers a festival is to look online. Think of all of the "big" churches in your area and look up their website. Evie found links to the Fall Festival on the church's homepage.

Enjoy your adventure!!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Evie Discovers Pumpkin Patches

Evie explore Pumpkin Patches this past week - just in time for the upcoming holidays!!

Don't know where a pumpkin patch is near your house?? Locate a Pumpkin Patch Near You!! This website allows you to click on your state and then city to find pumpkin patches, corn mazes, hayrides and more!

If you don't want to drive all the way out to a pumpkin farm, you can always look at local churches in your area. Evie's adventure took place within 10 miles of her house! A church had pumpkins out in the front lawn, and the proceeds supported the youth choir. There is no cost to look around - you only pay if you buy a pumpkin, or if you want to donate towards the cause.

The church had a large variety

Specialty Pumpkins:

And Spookies:

Evie decided on one yellow specialty pumpkin and 2 little Spookies that were just her size! She's going to help her Mom paint the yellow one to put on the front porch. Evie was really impressed with the selection since it was just a local church! Imagine the pumpkins you could buy from an actual pumpkin farm?!

An adventure to a pumpkin patch can serve several purposes: fun for the kids, buying your holiday pumpkin decorations, and as a free studio for a photo session!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Evie Discovers Farmers Market

Evie is excited to share her adventure to Farmers Market!

She had a great time exploring different markets - especially with cooler weather on it's way!

She found a lot of items at the market - vegetables, grass-fed meats, local honey, cage-free eggs, fresh baked breads, seafood, cheeses... the list goes on and on! Evie really enjoyed the atmosphere at the market. Since farmer markets support family farms and boosts the local economy, there is a warm, family-feel! Most markets are held on Saturday mornings, but Evie discovered that several cities hold one during the week as well!

Here are some other things Evie loved about the market:
  • They sell fresh flowers, homemade soaps and homemade candles
  • You can buy premade meals and dips to take home
  • Even if you don't want to purchase any groceries at the market, you can spend about $5 and get a croissant and drink. Then just walk around and enjoy the atmosphere and beautiful weather!

There was a band playing throughout the day. Whenever the band took a break, music would be played on the stereo. Some markets even have free cooking demonstrations! There were lots of families and children enjoying the market. Evie met a lot of new friends!

What could be better than bundling up, getting a hot drink and croissant, and walking around a Farmers Market!? Just remember to bring cash!!